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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

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Beginner Level

Approx. 10 hours to complete

Suggested: 9 hours of videos and quizzes...

English

Subtitles: English

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Professor Larry J. Sabato  

Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics
Director, UVA Center for Politics
21,472 Learners
1 Course

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

John F. Kennedy's Rise to Power

2 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 106 min)
9 videos
JFK: Rise to Power10m
Kennedy's Legislative Career8m
JFK Takes to the National Stage9m
Campaign for the Presidency9m
Religion and Politics17m
The 1960 Debates9m
Heading to Election Day7m
The 1960 Election13m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

The Kennedy Presidency and Assassination

2 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 133 min), 1 reading
11 videos
Civil Rights17m
The Space Program6m
Containing Communism: The Bay of Pigs Disaster10m
The Berlin Crisis12m
The Cuban Missile Crisis Part 110m
The Cuban Missile Crisis Part 27m
The Assassination 10m
The Assassination: Parkland Hospital, a New President, & a National Funeral18m
The 50th Anniversary Ceremony in Dallas10m
Oswald20m
1 reading
Resources10m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

The Kennedy Legacy Begins

3 hours to complete
13 videos (Total 161 min)
13 videos
The Assassination: Physical Evidence5m
The Warren Commission14m
The Mysterious Motorcycle20m
The Dictabelt12m
New Information Since the 50th15m
Conspiracy Theories I17m
Conspiracy Theories II12m
President Lyndon Johnson I7m
President Lyndon Johnson II12m
President Lyndon Johnson III10m
President Richard Nixon7m
President Gerald Ford14m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

The Kennedy Effect Over Fifty Years

2 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 113 min)
11 videos
President Jimmy Carter, Part Two11m
President Ronald Reagan I7m
President Ronald Reagan II7m
President Ronald Reagan III5m
President George H.W. Bush5m
President Bill Clinton13m
President George W. Bush10m
President Barack Obama16m
Conclusion: A Flame Eternal?16m
Who Was the Real JFK9m
1 practice exercise
Final20m
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Top reviews from The Kennedy Half Century

By JNJul 5th 2017

Larry Sabato is a true genius in political thought. Great realizing that he is fascinated by John Kennedy as I am. There was technical difficulty in Coursera realizing that I had finished the course.

By KSOct 22nd 2015

I really loved this class! Professor Sabato taught this class so eloquently and so well. I have studied the JFK Presidency and Assassination for years, and I loved learning more from this course.

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